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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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iconcurious_aardvark:
Sure you can - all the control softwares have stop print buttons, there's even a thread somewhere warning about the emergency stop button on repetier host and how to avoid pressing it midprint.

Cura has a pause button, not looked at any others. But they'd all have a pause or stop button.
Cura even ha s apause at a specific layer height to allow for changing filaments.


I know I 'can' stop a print, I just meant I didn't want to.
It would have felt wasteful for it to print for 2 hours only to cancel it :P

On another note, I just successfully used Repetier Host's pause function to successfully change filament mid print :D
Kinda expected something to go wrong with it, but it works just fine ^_^
It's not about being growing up,
it's about being strategically childish.
2021-06-14 19:47
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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It's taken most of the day to print all the parts for it, but I've just finished an Iron Man 'arc reactor' :D



Pretty much everything I've printed so far has been in this blue colour 'cos it's given me the best results so far. None of the filament I bought from Makible themselves has done very good. Luckily I have another half a KG remaining, plus a second full 1KG roll. I got them to print my TARDIS Transformer design ;)
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2021-06-15 01:58
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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A good sign is that over the past week, I've now got to the point where I'm comfortable enough with how Susan works that I can start a print & not even worry about it. I even set her to do something & went for a walk off to the shops.

GONE ARE THE DAYS OF WATCHING EVERY SINGLE MOVEMENT FOR FAILURE!
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2021-06-15 02:01
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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1. I've ordered some red & gold PLA.
It's coming from the same place as the 'Tardis' blue filament I've found success with so far.
It should be arriving tomorrow.

2. I now have the metal bracket for the Z-Wobble issue.
I want to print a new plastic part to go with it, one that matches the thickness better.
Having to take the print bed off the axis to fit the new part is something I don't fancy doing more than once.

3. I'm getting filament jams.
I don't believe these are caused by the hot end or the filament.
I'm convinced it's from the e-step motor getting too hot.
Any time it's jammed, I've felt that motor & it's been painful to touch.
It's not normally like that.
When I get the filament out, it's obvious the plastic melted slightly & not from grinding.
Perhaps it's due to spending too much time inside the FroZen drive on it's way through.
Ultimately I'm trying to avoid prints longer than one & a half hours.
I turn her off between prints sometimes, to cool down.
I've also turned down the current limit to 1000 mA from 1600.
I don't want to turn it down much further, I don't know enough about electronics.

4. I'm making slow but steady progress on my test IronMan hand :D
9 out of 14 segments done (3 & a bit fingers).
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2021-06-18 03:23
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suicidal.banana
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Cool to hear you succeeded in fine-tuning your printer to perfection, congrats! :thumbup:
And those are some neat iron man prints, whatcha planning?
2021-06-18 18:14
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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What am I planning?
The whole thing.

I want to make an entire Iron Man MK42 suit out of mostly 3D printed parts.
Starting with a hand, then moving onto modelling & printing this:

It's not about being growing up,
it's about being strategically childish.
2021-06-18 19:05
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curious_aardvark
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like the fingers - how do you plan to do the body armour - some of those panels must be way way bigger than a makibox can handle.

I would ask why you're doing this - but the answer would probably be: to look like iron man :-)
I'm guessing that might get you laid at a comic/fan convention :rolleyes:

OH yeah - where are you buying the filament ? Always useful to know alternative suppliers :thumbup:

And do you havea fan on that motor that's over heating ? if not - why not ?
2021-06-18 19:41
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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For the larger body panels, I plan on printing a small corner section, or the outside of it, then filling the larger panels with a piece of foam or cardboard. something like that.

I'm doing this simply because I like the suits & i want to make one more realistic than your average costume.

I got the blue filament (and about half an hour ago got some red & gold) from ebay.
This is my supplier: stores.ebay.co.uk/Galactic-Warehouse
As I've said before, the stuff I got from Makible was crap, but I've had great results with what I've had from Galactic Warehouse.

I currently don't have a fan on the overheating motor, mainly because I don't have one spare :P
I really should get one.
It's not about being growing up,
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2021-06-18 19:50
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suicidal.banana
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iconCrisRowlands:
What am I planning?
The whole thing.


Hehe okay, cool, keep us posted :D
2021-06-18 20:12
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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Finished all finger segments :)

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2021-06-20 16:53
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Nice :D
Whats next? helmet? other hand? chestplates?
2021-06-20 23:33
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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These blue parts are just for a 'test' hand.
I'm currently slicing parts for the hand itself & attaching the fingers with bits of elastic so they stay together properly.

Once they're done, I plan on printing both hands (two of each finger segment at a time) in the correct colours.
Then it will be onto the arms.

I'm not sure how it will really work out as 1) I don't have files for the rest of the suit & 2) the MakiBox only has a tiny build area :/
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2021-06-20 23:44
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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I now have a standard house fan pointed at the back of my MakiBox.
So far it seems to have helped keep the e-step motor cooler than usual.
Been printing almost non-stop since I got back from work 4 hours ago & she's still working fine :)
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2021-06-21 04:00
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Cris Rowlands (CrisRowlands)
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Just thought I'd share this print with you :D
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2021-06-22 23:13
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robthebrew
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sweet, so glad you are getting joy out of your machine finally!
2021-06-23 04:15